Michele Madera is a Partner in the Firm’s Philadelphia office. Michele’s practice is focused on providing strategic immigration guidance to a broad spectrum of corporate and institutional clients. She helps these clients attract and retain top international talent. She also advises individual clients facing complex immigration challenges.
Michele regularly counsels corporate clients through the procedure of hiring a foreign worker, obtaining work authorization in the U.S. and throughout the permanent residence process. She also strategizes with international entrepreneurs to obtain a status that gives them the flexibility needed to develop and expand their business in the United States.
She has in-depth expertise in guiding clients through the labor certification process, including planning for the process, performing the labor market test in the United States, filing the Form ETA 9089, and responding to Audit Requests by the Department of Labor. She also has worked with clients in the preparation of B-1 Business Visitor applications, H-1B petitions, E-3 petitions, H-3 petitions, L-1A petitions, P-1 petitions, I-140 petitions for EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 classifications, adjustment of status applications, Re-entry Permit applications, and Motions to Reopen.
Michele advises her clients and assists in the preparation of responses to Requests for Evidence issued by the United States Citizenship & Immigration Service on range of issues. She has worked with employers in assessing new job opportunities for current employees to determine the effect of the job position change on non-immigrant and immigrant matters.
Michele has represented clients before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Labor, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. She has prepared pro bono cases, including U derivative visa applications and Special Immigrant Juvenile case, including the Family Court petition for guardianship, I-360 petition, and adjustment of status application. Prior to joining the Firm, Michele practiced business immigration law in New York, where she represented large multinational corporations in the financial services industry, with a particular focus on Information Technology professionals.
Michele is a graduate of Colgate University (B.A., 2006) and New York Law School (J.D., 2011). During law school, Michele was a member of the Justice Action Center, and served as a Legal Intern for the Executive Office of Immigration Review, as well as at various non-profit agencies to assist with immigration matters. She is currently admitted to practice law in New York. Michele is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and served on the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee from 2012 to 2013.